The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Friday, August 08, 2008

UFOs and the Truman Syndrome

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MJ-12 advocates contend that Harry Truman instigated the Majestic group and was privy to the alleged flying saucer crash near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.

Let’s assume that the is all true…

How did Truman react to the Earth-shattering revelation that extraterrestrials were visiting this planet, and had provided tangible evidence of those visits, with a clue to their technology, when they had an accident over the New Mexico skies?

Truman seems have been to be nonplussed.

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He didn’t rearrange his life or the Presidency in any inordinate way, even becoming more mundane and folksy after leaving office.

During the 1947-1952 period of his Presidency, Truman contended with lots of Earthly matters, including the Cold War, the Korean War, Communists in the United States government, establishment of the Jewish State of Israel, domestic crises (labor strikes, taxes, etc.), and his daughter Margaret’s imbroglios with critics of her music-making.

Truman didn’t react to an interplanetary visit as a normal Earthling would. He virtually ignored the supposed intrusion (as did his successor, Dwight Eisenhower).

Truman, if he did have access to flying saucer crashes and other UFO events, he wasn’t affected by them, privately or publically.

Truman lived until the end of 1972, never altering his daily existence or snarky attitude toward news media and the public generally; he remained an Earth-bound S.O.B. right up to his last days on Earth.

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(Eisenhower, who followed him in Office, played golf regularly, obsessively, and also wasn’t affected by the insertion of an inter-galactic alien presence that many ufologists say he was aware of, even having communicated with some extraterrestrials held captive at secret military facilities.)

The Truman Syndrome may be described as a lackluster reaction to life on other planets that had the temerity to visit Earth on various occasions, making their presence known by accident and/or direct contact.

This is where ufologist go haywire. They make MJ-12 a reality but the patina of those documents and the committee that forged them doesn’t ring true: those involved remained oriented to everyday life, in ways that indicated nothing out of the ordinary had been experienced or occurred during their sojourn on the so-called Top Secret Majestic committee.

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If flying saucer/UFO beings had come to Earth, these men, Truman mostly, would have reacted differently, in overt ways but, more importantly, in subtle ways. And those subtle ways would have been discerned by observation and scrutiny of their lives. This didn’t happen.

And there is no evidence of changes in behavior or lives, by others who were provided information and proof that alien visitors had come to Earth, and were here in droves by some estimations.

Truman was a folksy curmudgeon during his Presidency and for all of his life, right up to 1972, well after the Betty/Barney Hill event, the Socorro episode and dozens of other UFO manifestations.

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Would this be the case if he had knowledge of an alien presence? Would Truman have gone about his life, after experiencing a UFO reality, in the way that he did, oblivious to the ramifications and impact of an extraterrestrial visitation, maybe many of them?

We think not.

So, for us, MJ-12, and a secret, government cover-up of actual flying saucer accounts seems outside the realm of how humans would act – even political types – if such things were true.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Death Throes of Ufology [Redux]

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It’s not just the epithet “ufology” that is dying but the whole genre under that rubric.

The field of UFO study is sinking under its own weight, mostly by the tonnage of nonsense that the internet encourages.

What has happened is that a load of regurgitated UFO material now clots efforts to make sense of the UFO mystery.

Old flying saucer stories and events are being rehashed, not just by newbies but by old-timers, to the extent that ufology – a mantle we (and persons like Mac Tonnies) abhor – has become a cemetery where zombie-enthusiasts now congregate, hoping to resurrect a classic sighting or two which might harbor a clue to the UFO enigma.

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A residue of UFO mavens – those who cherish the title “ufologist” – are flocking to inane UFO conferences with the purpose of forestalling the demise of the hobby they’ve invested their lives in.

Stanton Friedman is their ufological saint.

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The UFO phenomenon – or phenomena – is encrusted with so much obtuse detritus that only the most rabid followers of the conundrum find it worthwhile for scrutiny, or time.

Sensible UFO aficionados (Paul Kimball for instance) have moved on pretty much, the UFO community having been subsumed by quidnuncs (Regan Lee comes to mind) and paranoid sociopaths (many named at our UFO web-site).

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Yet it’s the UFO mystery itself which is leading to ufology’s comatose state: flying saucers refuse to be explained, or observed in ways that human senses can conjure with.

And the situation has gotten even more obscure as UFO sightings are more evanescent than ever, with photographs and/or video, in the ubiquitous era of YouTube, more amorphous than they should be with all the cameras extant.

While UFO vultures pick at the bones of old sightings, flying saucer archeologists (Kevin Randle) are left with a few rotting episodes, without a chance of finding or hearing about a current UFO event that proves the phenomenon still exists, in a corporeal state that matters.

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Ufology is going, going, and UFOs are gone.

Those who think otherwise are in a severe state of denial which, by the way, has been the sine qua non of ufology all along.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Where is today’s McMinnville UFO?

The May 11th, 1950 flying saucer sighting and photo by Paul Trent and his wife in McMinnville, Oregon provided a clear photo of an object that looked to be alien in configuration:

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But was the “object” a real space-craft, from elsewhere? Or was it a prototype by the United State’s military?

Or was it a model which ended up being a template for the Rouen, France 1954 saucer…

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or the saucer seen in the 1977 photo allegedly taken in Hamburg, Germany by Walter Schilling; a photo which the UFO Iconoclast(s) once indicated was a “lost Trent photo”?

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The point here is that UFOs like the Trent saucer have not been photographed since the 1950s, the Schilling UFO picture notwithstanding, which proves that the Trent photo was a contrivance (hoax) or the UFO seen was just passing through the Earth skies for a short period of time….four years or so.

(The Schilling “Trent” photo appears to be a model from analyses of the “flight pattern’ and proximity to the ground, which like the “authentic” 1950 Trent craft – exegetically examined by Bruce Maccabee – shows a bizarre angle for air maneuverability.)

So, either early UFOs transmogrified over the years, which we (and others) have suggested previously, or UFOs (flying saucers) from various places in the universe or time have appeared to Earthlings and then moved on -- some of them anyway.

Or the Trent photos were faked, along with the Rouen photo and (certainly) the Schilling 1977 photo.

(Go to UFO Casebook for a plethora of saucer/UFO photos – some authentic and many not.)

Whatever the Trent’s captured – real or not – no recent or present sightings of UFOs have produced photos as clear as the McMinnville shots.

(Well, you have seen the “drone” UFOs but can discount them immediately.)

So, we’re either back to or beyond square one in many ways….